Shadrach (1998)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  23 September 1998 (USA)
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In 1935, 99-year-old former slave Shadrach asks to be buried on the soil where he was born to slavery, and that land is owned by the large Dabney family, consisting of Vernon, Trixie and ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Narrator (voice)
John Franklin Sawyer ...
Ginnie Randall ...
Middle Mole
Alice Rogers ...
Edmonia (as Monica Bugajski)
Daniel Treat ...
Little Mole
Doug Chancey ...
Dock Worker


In 1935, 99-year-old former slave Shadrach asks to be buried on the soil where he was born to slavery, and that land is owned by the large Dabney family, consisting of Vernon, Trixie and their seven children, and to bury a black man on that land is a violation of strict Virginia law. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 September 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Il Profumo di un Giorno d'estate  »

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Opening Weekend:

$16,669 (USA) (25 September 1998)


$20,167 (USA) (25 September 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The name Shadrach is Biblical, and comes from the Book of Daniel. Shadrach, along with Meshach and Abednego was one of the three men of God who were put into a fiery furnace, but who came out unscathed, because the Lord had protected them. They had been put in there by Nebuchadnezzer, the King of Babylon, when they refused to bow to an idol. (Daniel 3:1-29) See more »


The film is set in 1935. When Paul walks into the house past his father and up the stairs (at the beginning of the film), a smoke detector is visible on the ceiling at the bottom of the stairs. See more »


[Paul has learned curse words from the Dabneys and is yelling them into the closet.]
Paul: Son of a bitch, whorehouse, Jesus Christ, pisspot, asshole!
Mrs. Whitehurst: Come on, Paul, it's time to go to church!
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What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Music by Charles Crozat Converse and lyrics by Joseph M. Scriven
Performed by Clarinda Hollmond
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A fine movie
5 January 2002 | by (Earth,3rd planet of system Sol) – See all my reviews

I was a bit surprised with the quality of this movie. I was only going to watch it due to Andie MacDowell being on it, but even the kid actors did a fine job. Certainly a drama movie worth watching. If you like drama movies, go rent this one, if only to see Andie in a different kind of role than usually. Nothing romantic about her character ;)

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